Out of necessity, Jeff McNeil has played a variety of position for the 2019 New York. In 2020, what spot will he call his own?
Jeff McNeil has been one of the few bright spots for the New York Mets this year and will be one of the core guys moving forward. He made the All-Star team this year and is positioned to potentially win a batting title.
McNeil has shown that he is a super utilityman by playing second base, third base, and outfield this season. He actually made the All-Star team as an outfielder, which is pretty crazy because the Mets thought he would split time in the infield bouncing around from spot to spot.
Looking ahead to the 2020 season one of the questions that the Mets have to answer is where is McNeil going to play? Robinson Cano is going to be the starting second baseman and the outfield is going to be a bit crowded because you have Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Yoenis Cespedes for now, and you have to think the Mets go out and get a true centerfielder.
So it would look like McNeil would be the starting third baseman because Todd Frazier won’t be back and who knows what is going to happen with Jed Lowrie. He has been hurt all season and McNeil deserves to play over him.
In a perfect world, the Mets would have never traded for Cano and McNeil would be the starting second baseman, but this is the Mets we are talking about and none of us should be surprised.
McNeil has shown that no matter where he plays that he can make plays defensively and is comfortable doing it. The top three players for the Mets this season in Defensive Runs saved is:
Jeff McNeil in right field, Jeff McNeil at third base, and Jeff McNeil in left field.
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No matter what the Mets do, McNeil is going to succeed but letting him start at third base every game would be a smart move because then they won’t have to have so many players playing out of position.